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Windows 7: installing Windows using the key that's on the PC case?

07 Mar 2017   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
installing Windows using the key that's on the PC case?

I just got a free computer (getting another tomorrow). Nothing special, just some SFF Dell PC's. The HDD's were removed. Can I install Windows on a new hard drive using the key that's on the case? The computer I have now had Windows XP Professional installed (32bit, I think).


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07 Mar 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm depends on what Windows the code is for Havoc you only need the official ISO from Microsoft to install in that case. So for example you have a sticker that is Home Premium then if the board is original it should activate ok because that sticker code will be tied to that board.
See the link for the ISO in this Clean Install Windows 7 < go to the Heres how section download the ISO and make a bootable disk or stick from it.
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08 Mar 2017   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
I just got a free computer (getting another tomorrow). Nothing special, just some SFF Dell PC's. The HDD's were removed. Can I install Windows on a new hard drive using the key that's on the case? The computer I have now had Windows XP Professional installed (32bit, I think).
Of course you can, but if the COA is for XP then it`s worthless
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08 Mar 2017   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Hmm depends on what Windows the code is for Havoc you only need the official ISO from Microsoft to install in that case. So for example you have a sticker that is Home Premium then if the board is original it should activate ok because that sticker code will be tied to that board.
See the link for the ISO in this Clean Install Windows 7 < go to the Heres how section download the ISO and make a bootable disk or stick from it.
Like I said, the only thing that was removed was the HDD. Everything else is original. I know XP is no longer supported, just wanted to see what my options are.
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08 Mar 2017   #5
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Checked specs the other computer and it probably has XP also.
The first computer is a Dell Optiplex 755 SFF and the second one is a Dell Dimension Optiplex 320.

Pulled the side off the 755 and it's pretty dusty, I might bring it to work and blow it out before working on it.

So, what are my options? Windows XP (eBay), Windows 7, Windows 10 or maybe a Linux box?
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08 Mar 2017   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
If you can find x-p media it might activate
Linux for sure it is the only freebie
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08 Mar 2017   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I would install Linux. It's safe, fast and free.
I use Lubuntu. GUI is similar to Windows. lubuntu | lightweight, fast, easier
People at the forum like Zorin Zorin OS - Your Computer. Better. others like Mint Main Page - Linux Mint
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08 Mar 2017   #8
dg1261

Windows 7/8.1/10/XP multiboot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Checked specs the other computer and it probably has XP also.
The first computer is a Dell Optiplex 755 SFF and the second one is a Dell Dimension Optiplex 320.

Pulled the side off the 755 and it's pretty dusty, I might bring it to work and blow it out before working on it.

So, what are my options? Windows XP (eBay), Windows 7, Windows 10 or maybe a Linux box?
Per crucial.com the 320 supports a maximum of 4GB ram while the 755 will go to 8GB. That means there's little point installing a 64-bit OS on the 320, though the 755 ought to make a decent secondary machine.

Per support.dell.com the latest OS supported was Vista 32/64 on both models. That means both machines will have a SLIC 2.0 BIOS and will not accept a Dell OEM version of Win7 (at least, not without a BIOS hack). You can install a regular retail version (if you can find one), but that would entail extra cost and I'm not sure the cost would be justifiable. You might also have driver issues and the existing video chips probably won't support Aero, so you may need to invest in new video cards.

I'm not sure if Win10 would work because of the age of the machines and possible driver issues. Around a year ago I tried to install Win10 on an old Optiplex, and it errored out because the CPU was too old and lacked PAE/NX/SSE or something like that, IIRC.

With the SLIC 2.0 BIOSes, XP and Vista will definitely work, and if you have Dell OEM media they'll install pre-activated without needing the key from the COA sticker. I have plenty of old copies of XP Home and one copy of Pro that you can have for the cost of cross country shipping, if you really wanted to try that.

But at this date I'm not sure I'd waste my time with XP, and *certain* I wouldn't waste my time with Vista. If it were me, I'd install some flavor of linux.
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08 Mar 2017   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Checked specs the other computer and it probably has XP also.
The first computer is a Dell Optiplex 755 SFF and the second one is a Dell Dimension Optiplex 320.

Pulled the side off the 755 and it's pretty dusty, I might bring it to work and blow it out before working on it.

So, what are my options? Windows XP (eBay), Windows 7, Windows 10 or maybe a Linux box?
Mate there is no way known to man I would buy a copy of Windows from EBay - you need to go to a reputable site and get an OEM from there. Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit-Newegg.com would be ok.

Having said that I find Ubuntu and Zorin the latter especially really good the only thing I don't like about them is the way you need to navigate sometimes using the "command line" to do so. I could be doing things wrong but that is what I find it does.

Now while I am thinking of it those Linux OS's are really good for recovering data from old drives if you need too and the drive can have any OS on them Windows, Linux of any flavour etc etc
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08 Mar 2017   #10
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm in the BIOS of the 755 now.
It has a Core 2 Duo, 2.33GHz, it says yes for hyper threading.
The BIOS version is A08, (might need to update that).
A whopping 2GB of memory.
It had an ATI PCI-E video card at one point (according to Dell) but it's been removed.
It has VT capabilities.
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